Let somebody else pay for the depreciation. When my $40K plus Chevy Avalanche was totalled by an 18 yr old slamming into my wife, I knew I wanted another 4x4. A new Avalanche was simply too expensive. After trading my 'interim' used car, I found the 2006 Commander (certified Pre-Owned)at a local dealer. Getting it was a very smart decision. Very comfortable, gas mileage for the 3.7 liter is exactly as stated. Power is good. Design is great. I don't tow anything, and filling the SUV with 6 people proved no problem. Having the base model (doesn't mean stripped) gives me a clean pallet to customize without the huge new car or dealer premiums. I love this thing.
Design (inside and out). Stadium seating. Many storage areas, fold flat seats, handling is rock solid, (did I say its very comfortable?)found out it's great in 12+ inches of unplowed snow. Really great value as certified Pre-owned vehicle.
Would like to see some 'go faster' aftermarket product for the 3.7 liter - Like Air Raid Cold air intakes and exhaust mods...etc. Having too much fun. Glad I don't have the V-8's (4.7 or Hemi 5.7) No V-8 envy here - stay with the solid 3.7 V-6 engine.
I purchased this model to replace a Liberty that I rolled with no injuries. I bought the 4x4 sport V-6 and as for the performance it is lacking in the take off power however the weight difference over the V-8's is very benificial for off roading. The V-6 has plenty of power (with a few modifications less than $500, made my own cold air intake; gutted the exhaust system and a Jet II performance module) I have had this Jeep in some very precarious positions and I never had an ounce of trouble getting through the mud, rocks, or anything else that was in my way. As for gas mileage it stinks but you can't ask for good gas mileage on a full time 4x4 .17 is best on highway and 13 in the city.
The ability to go anywhere and do anything you lay in front of it.
Front and rear spoilers would be helpfull for highway driving. I have a hard time keeping control in high winds and heavy rains.
Had the truck now for 7200 miles - 6 or so months. Getting at 19 highway with mobil 1 and premium unleaded. The truck has been nothing but trouble free. Quarkey - yes... but a very strong feeling drive. Very happy. Use the gear auto shift and the truck will react better... What I've seen with these 3.7's.
2006 Jeep Commander Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (4.7L 8cyl 5A)
It has styling cues from the Jeeps of old, luxury interior that share parts with Mercedes Benzs, great ride and comfort features. It's trail rated and can tow almost as much as my Dodge Ram. It has a presence when you go somewhere fancy and strength when you go off-road. It will tow my old Jeep, carry 5 adults in comfort and still have room for some cargo. And to top it all off it's more manuverable than a lot of bigger SUV's out there. Parking is never a problem anymore and its features help in backing out.
Sunroof, 3 skylights, good head room, towing capacity, off road capability. Looks like Chrysler tried to make a cheap G-wagon, and I like it.
Needs a "this is not a HUMMER" decal." Interior door handles seem to rest right against the bone of the side of my knee no matter how much i adjust the seat. Needs a touchscreen nav system (funny because I used to work for the company that made it).
I've owned my 2006 Commander for about 1 1/2 years and I love the ride. It was a big step up from my Mitsu Diamante. I needed something bigger for the growing family. The ride is so smooth. My girls love to go for a ride every night and fall asleep. The glitch is that recently I've been driving and the truck turns of by itself for no apparent reason, it'll turn back on when you restart it.
Smooth ride, spacious, and I love the sunroof in the back seats.
Sluggish on the freeway when trying to speed up, the truck feels very heavy, navigation complicated, cannot see traffic lights through drivers side and with sunvisor you get minimal vision out the front windshield. Not much reliability since it turns off while driving on the road.